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Academic Excellence

This fall, redesigned courses will deliver robust, interactive experiences in both classroom and virtual environments, continuing Bethel’s commitment to academic excellence while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students and employees. Students are encouraged to pay special attention to their professors’ course communication in order to maximize the benefits of these innovative approaches.

Classroom Safety

  • Classrooms will be reconfigured to ensure proper social distancing. 
  • Students will be provided with cleaning supplies to clean their assigned space in each classroom before the beginning of class.
  • Students and faculty are expected to adhere to the face covering policy while in the classroom.
  • Students or faculty who show any signs of illness or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, should not attend class in person.

Classroom Learning Experience

Modifications to typical classes include:

  • Changing module schedules with staggered start and end times. The CAS module schedule for fall 2020 has been adjusted in order to decrease hallway traffic. Students should review their schedules in MyBethel.
  • Additional classrooms in unique spaces. Larger event spaces will be used as classrooms, including the BC400 conference rooms, Benson Great Hall, Eastlund Room, The Underground, and the Lakeside Center library.
  • Modified face-to-face (F2F). Faculty are designing courses in innovative ways to reach learning outcomes using a combination of face-to-face and online activities. F2F classes require social distancing. Therefore, for some classes, all enrolled students can not be in the classroom at one time. For some classes faculty will meet with part of the class some days and other students on other days
  • Virtual Classes. There are some classes that are scheduled to be totally online. These courses will meet regularly in real time, but will not have a physical F2F component.

Learning Remotely

  • All courses will be designed in a way that allows students physically present in the classroom as well as students learning remotely to meet the course’s learning objectives.
  • Students learning remotely will be expected to engage with their faculty and other students in real time via Zoom periodically throughout the semester, and all students will regularly engage with their faculty and peers as part of a learning community.
  • Moodle will serve as the platform for all online class activity. 
  • All handouts will be available on Moodle.